Throughout our more than 135 years serving refugees, HIAS has routinely represented asylum seekers and immigrants in court and weighed in on pressing legal issues. Read more to learn about our legal work.


60,000 Reasons Why We're Fighting the Muslim Ban

Feb 28, 2017

Legal challenges have suspended many parts of the Muslim ban, but our doors remain closed to some 60,000 vulnerable people seeking safety in this country. That hurts people like Eden, Sunam and Magan who have been separated from loved ones. The family reunions they had long hoped for now seem out of reach. We're challenging that in court.

HIAS Files Preliminary Injunction Challenging Reduction of Refugee Admissions to 50,000

Feb 22, 2017

Late last night, HIAS filed a motion asking for a preliminary injunction on President Trump’s reduction of the refugee admissions cap from 110,000 to 50,000 for Fiscal Year 2017.

Why a Jewish Organization Is Suing to Stop the Muslim Ban

Feb 21, 2017

We cannot remain silent as Muslim refugees are turned away just for being Muslim, just as we could not stand idly by when the U.S. turned away Jewish refugees fleeing Europe during the 1930s and 40s. The Torah requires us to intervene. To stop these things from being done by our government and in our name.

HIAS Files Suit to Challenge Legality of Refugee Ban

Feb 07, 2017

Today, HIAS initiated a legal challenge against President Trump’s executive order halting refugee resettlement. As a religious organization that specializes in rescuing people from religious and political persecution, HIAS is challenging the constitutionality of this order, on the grounds that it discriminates against one religion while favoring others.

HIAS v. Trump - Why We're Suing

Feb 07, 2017

In more than 135 years serving refugees, HIAS has routinely represented asylum seekers in court against the U.S. government. Never before, however, has HIAS itself sued the U.S. government, let alone the President of the United States. Until today.

Supporting in the Ninth: HIAS Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Refugee Ban

Feb 06, 2017

Late Sunday night, HIAS filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in the case of Washington v. Trump, currently before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. “The Executive Order has fractured many refugee families whose safety and desire for unification were already fragile,” notes the brief.